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Analysis: Iran supreme leader comments signal strategy shift

May. 23, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the...

Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters said Wednesday they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area. State TV Al-Ikhbariya later...

Russia: Militants in Syria launch attack, have toxic agents

May. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces Tuesday, including with tanks. Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said the Syrian army was fighting back...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

May. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes. Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire...

Explosions near Syrian capital in apparent Israeli strikes

May. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state media reported. State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

EU extends sanctions against Assad's Syria regime for a year

May. 17, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad for a year due to its continued crackdown against civilians in the war-ravaged country. EU headquarters said Friday that the 28-nation bloc "decided to maintain its restrictive measures against...

Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

May. 14, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look at the top...

Syrian troops capture 5 villages in last rebel stronghold

May. 13, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops on Monday captured five small villages and a hill on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, pro-government media said. The extremist leader of the main rebel group in the region released a video calling on every able...